Author Archives: Theo Stewart

About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist (INTODogs - Certified Canine Behaviourist) and trainer covering Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks, a 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site:

I’ve Hidden the Ball Thrower. A Cautionary Tale

This is a story about my own dog, Cocker Spaniel Pickle, and the ball thrower. I’ve hidden the ball thrower. Pickle loves to chase the ball. He jumps to catch it and he would carry on till he dropped (though … Continue reading

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Your Choice – or is it?

A definition of Hobson’s Choice is: ‘an apparently free choice when there is no real alternative’: Take it, or leave it. (Merriam-Webster) Freedom of choice ‘describes an individual’s opportunity and autonomy to perform an action selected from at least two available options, … Continue reading

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Cleanliness Next to Dogliness?

My eye was caught by this headline the other day: Cleaning sprays ‘as harmful to your lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day’. To quote: ‘Using everyday cleaning sprays can be as harmful to a woman’s lungs as smoking 20 … Continue reading

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We have just finished this year’s annual UK survival reality TV game show, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’, where 12 celebrities live together in a jungle environment for a number of weeks. The contestants have to endure ‘Bushtucker Trials’ to … Continue reading

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The Invisible Dog

Apart from grazing on lower-value food like fruit, it’s highly unlikely a dog outside human guardianship would have an ever ready supply of food on tap without having to put some work into either scavenging or chasing and killing something … Continue reading

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Forcing Square Pegs into Round Holes

Over my many years, I am able to look back to how things were with our family dogs back in the day. I lived in a rural area and it was no big deal if my dogs went walkabout. I … Continue reading

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Always Look on the Bright Side Of Life…

At a meeting we were discussing dogs being either pessimistic or optimistic, introvert or extrovert. Someone suggested that the two things go hand in hand (paw in paw). Would the introvert dog be more likely to be pessimistic and the … Continue reading

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